Townsend Foster

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Townsend Foster was born in Anna, Illinois back in 1886 to Zachary and Ruth. He attended the University of Illinois where in 1907 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. In 1909, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps.

He served with General John J. Pershing on the Mexican Border. By then he was assigned to the aviation corps where he set records for endurance flying. During WWI, he was assigned as the Aviation Officer for the American Expeditionary Force in 1917, later to be replaced by Colonel Billy Mitchell.

What you may not know about Townsend Foster Dodd, is that he was the first US pilot to receive the Distinguished Service medal during WWI, he was also the first commissioned US Army aviator. Dodd Army Airfield was named in his honor. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket

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Comments (16)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another American hero .... one of the unsung heroes of the US military...

Mar 09, 2018 04:11 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Nice to read that Townsend Foster was recognized for his Distinguished Service!

Mar 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. So many heroes, so little time. Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Mar 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A really good one here and I enjoyed it.

Mar 09, 2018 04:59 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love your histories of military personages - and how some of the military installations get their names - thanks!

Mar 09, 2018 05:16 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a honor and we sure thank every veteran for their service.

Mar 09, 2018 05:26 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Driven past the base quite a few times and a distinguished member of the military.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 09, 2018 05:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

So many American heroes and so little time to learn about them all, James!

Mar 09, 2018 05:58 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That was the day of real flying not auto pilot James Dray 

Mar 09, 2018 07:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So many great stories, and like Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, said, they really flew those planes, no computers.  A

Mar 09, 2018 09:19 AM
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Impressive. I would like to know which records he first set. Thanks for sharing. 

Mar 09, 2018 11:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Wow, another great American hero with an impressive career!

Enjoy your weekend!


Mar 10, 2018 09:32 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Always amazed where you find all this information and the way you tell the stories. Very interesting.

Mar 10, 2018 10:02 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Always great stories,  James Dray.   I can only imagine what all these stories mean in your life...they affect many of our lives in reading your posts.

Mar 11, 2018 12:19 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Another intriguing biography James Dray appreciate you taking the time to educate us. Have a great day!


Mar 28, 2018 06:44 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Interesting story. Anna, Illinois and neighboring towns are not friendly toward out of the area visitors..... 

Apr 07, 2018 03:32 PM